Paramount was reportedly set to shoot its untitled fifth Jack Ryan movie this summer after actor Chris Pine finished work on Star Trek 2, but if that goes forward, they'll have to do it without director Jack Bender at the helm. THR has confirmed that the Lost director has left the project due to a scheduling conflict with the SyFy pilot Rewind, which Bender will direct and executive produce. This may be the first time a SyFy project has interrupted a major studio franchise.
This is hardly the first hurdle for the first movie to feature the Tom Clancy character since 2002's The Sum of All Fears. The intended reboot has gone through a variety of script iterations with Adam Koxac, Hossein Amini (Drive), and Anthony Peckham (Invictus) all taking turns at the script at one point or another since 2008. David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible) was hired to rewrite the script last April. Reportedly, the reboot is not based on one of Clancy's novels, and will find Ryan in the early days of his career.
After being attached to the Untitled Jack Ryan Moviefor over a year, Bender's exit can't help but raise the question of whether the Jack Ryan movie will ever get off the ground. According to the report, a search for a new director has begun "in haste," but the search could delay the production. Should a director be found in time, Pine will be the fourth actor to play Jack Ryan, following in the footsteps of Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, and Ben Affleck. Posted 03.21.12 by Ryan
Fear not, Jack Ryan fans, a fifth movie based on Tom Clancy's novels is going to happen.
Set to start shooting in Budapest next month with director Jack Bender (TV's Lost), and Chris Pine in the lead role, THR now reports that Paramount has pushed the start date for the untitled fifth Jack Ryan movie to Spring so screenwriter Steven Zaillian can perform a rewrite. Zaillian, who wrote the American adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its potential sequel, is no stranger to the property, having written 1994's A Clear and Present Danger, the third movie featuring the Jack Ryan character, and the last to feature Harrison Ford in the role. where is the jack ryan script? >> Posted 02.02.11 by Ryan
Captain Kirk will now take over for Jack Ryan. Chris Pine, who starred in this past summer's Star Trek installment, will step into the role made iconic by Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford. The title of the next Tom Clancy adaptation isn't yet known.
MTV scored an interview with the 29-year-old star, who doubts the Ryan character will pose as much difficulty as trying to live up to William Shatner:
I think it's because Mr. Shatner's portrayal of the character was so specific, [Jack Ryan] is a different beast. If you were to poll people, I think eight out of 10 people could tell you what role Shatner made famous. I think a lot fewer people could make that specific association between those actors and Jack Ryan. As great a job as those actors did, it's just a different deal.
Pine was then asked whether he preferred Baldwin or Ford.
No hyperbole, I like 'em both so much. They're both huge heroes of mine. But I might prefer Baldwin doing the Canteen Boy sketch on SNL the most! Posted 12.10.09 by reelz
Producer Mace Neufeld has worked on all four Jack Ryan movies — The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, A Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears — and will also be working on the fifth, currently untitled installment.
With Houssein Amani finished with a draft of the screenplay, and Adam Koxac working on another, Neufeld told Collider why the fifth movie had to be based on an original concept and not a Tom Clancy novel.
We ran out of books ... Red Rabbit was the last one and we just couldn't seem to get a script out of that one. Paramount wanted to restart the franchise. We had done that once before with Ben Affleck but they didn't make a film right after that because Ben got involved with some other film that didn't do well. Things quieted down. The new management came into Paramount and they said, "This is a really valuable franchise. Let's try to restart it with a younger actor." The Chris Pine idea came up and hopefully that’s what we'll be doing.
Neufeld stayed quiet on the plot of the fifth movie, though he did reveal that the story will start "when [Ryan]'s on Wall Street." Neufeld is currently waiting for Koxac's screenplay, which will arrive on January 3, 2010, and Neufeld says the rest of the story will be up to the writer.
Write what you want and then we'll fight with the studio.... It all starts with the writer. It really does. The Jack Ryan movies have never been action films. They're kind of "thinking man's thrillers". Posted 12.07.09 by Ryan
Though we don't see him much these days, for a few years Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan had a great run onscreen. Alec Baldwin was the first actor to play the role in The Hunt for Red October. Then Harrison Ford had a good run as Ryan in Patriot Games and A Clear and present Danger. It all came to an end, though, when Ben Affleck's The Sum of All Fears finished off the franchise.
But since Clancy's books and video games are still selling strong, Variety reports that Paramount Pictures wants to reboot the franchise and is negotiating with Star Trek's Chris Pine to play the Ryan role. Hossein Amini wrote the script for the reboot based on an original concept. No director has been named since Sam Raimi left the project.
Before Pine starts work on a Ryan movie or Star Trek 2, he'll be busy with another movie he is negotiating with Paramount to star in, The Art of Making Money. Money will follow Pine as a master counterfeiter in Chicago and is set to start production early next year. Posted 10.14.09 by Ryan
With Sam Raimi being too busy with the upcoming Drag Me to Hell and Spider-Man 4 to continue working on the new Jack Ryan movie, Paramount is still moving forward with the Tom Clancy franchise. Screenwriter Hossein Amini, known for period pieces Wings of the Dove and 2009's Shanghai is set to write an original story, not an adaptation of a Clancy novel.
No casting decision on who will play Ryan has been announced. With Ben Affleck being the last to play Ryan, who do you think should be next? Posted 12.22.08 by Ryan